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Balwant on May 12, 2020

Finding the Main Point?

Is there an effective way to find the main point/conclusion in an argument without structural indicators? I got the correct answer in this argument, which is A. But, sometimes I get stuck in between 2 different answer choices and I end up choosing the wrong one. Also, should you generally check all the answer choices in logical reasoning questions before moving on to the next question? Or is it okay to select the correct answer choice that you think is right and then move on? Thanks

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Shunhe on May 13, 2020

Hi @Balwant,

Thanks for the question! So as to your first question, though you say “without structural indicators,” those are often huge helps in determining the main point. Words like “X since Y” indicate that Y supports X, which would indicate that X is the conclusion, for example. You should also be able to tell after practicing these for long enough that some conclusions are supported by or follow from others. Remember that the conclusion will be based on other statements, whereas premises will just kind of be asserted and not rely on anything else.

For logical reasoning questions, I would generally check all the answer choices before moving on to the next question, especially if you have the time. This is because the LSAT is testing you to find the BEST answer, and not just a right answer—sometimes, an answer may seem adequate, but another better answer will exist. When this is the case, the adequate answer will be wrong, and if you select that one without reading the other answers, you might miss the better one.

Hope this helps! Feel free to ask any other questions that you might have.

Balwant on May 14, 2020

Thank you Shunhe. This makes sense.

Shunhe on May 19 at 05:40PM

Glad I could help!